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    Quote Originally Posted by maki66 View Post
    Thank you.
    I can see doing the same, its nice to have an instrument in a different tuning immediately at hand.
    I'm looking at mountain style and minstrel styles both kit and premade.

    Is this your gig bag?
    https://www.elderly.com/superior-ope...njo-gigbag.htm
    If so it looks nice for the price.
    Yep, that is the one, not super thick padding but good enough for my uses...

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    One my other favorite banjos is my Prust minstrel style fretless. Beautiful basic handmade instruments at a (little higher) reasonable cost. Made by Eric Prust in Washington State. http://www.chloesgarden.com/Banjos%2...Web/Banjos.htm. He lets you preview the banjo before accepting payment and is an all around good guy...love this banjo...
    Prust-Tackhead-Banjo.jpg
    Check out the various models and the sound clips to see what I mean...Oh, sorry about encouraging $$ to leave your wallet but this music/instrument stuff can be addictive...

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    I've looked a Prust Banjos. They seem great.
    Probly be a year or two before I get another for myself.
    I expect they are a joy to play?
    Playing my Magic Fluke and grinning like a fool!

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    Quote Originally Posted by maki66 View Post
    I've looked a Prust Banjos. They seem great.
    Probly be a year or two before I get another for myself.
    I expect they are a joy to play?
    I do enjoy this banjo, although fretless, I don't find it hard to play (just that I could play better). The sort of haunting sounds you can get on slides with the combination of the 13" skin head and nylgut strings are really fun. I don't have any recordings of myself playing but there are some great youtubes of folks
    playing their Prust Banjos. Hard to decide which I like better, the Backyard or Prust...

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    Just finished Banjo #2, This one is the same Backyard Music Basic Banjo, but the 'No Mess" kit which is about $20 more.
    Built for my buddy/coworker as a gift. I would have got the regular kit as I have a little time at the moment and plenty of
    paint, stain, and polyurethane. But BYM was out of stock so I just got what they had on hand.
    It assembled in about 45 mins, it was nicely finished and all the screw holes were pre-drilled.

    Banjo #2.jpg

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    Yep, I still have to string it and place the bridge.
    Playing my Magic Fluke and grinning like a fool!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wc-uke View Post
    One my other favorite banjos is my Prust minstrel style fretless. Beautiful basic handmade instruments at a (little higher) reasonable cost. Made by Eric Prust in Washington State. http://www.chloesgarden.com/Banjos%2...Web/Banjos.htm. He lets you preview the banjo before accepting payment and is an all around good guy...love this banjo...
    Prust-Tackhead-Banjo.jpg
    Check out the various models and the sound clips to see what I mean...Oh, sorry about encouraging $$ to leave your wallet but this music/instrument stuff can be addictive...
    Thats a flush fret model?
    Playing my Magic Fluke and grinning like a fool!

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    Looks good. You are a good friend. You are all set for the BYB string band.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maki66 View Post
    Thats a flush fret model?
    It is the flush fret with stars (a little extra decoration). I also had him put some optional mechanical friction tuners on, although I think
    his standard friction tuners would have been fine.

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    On my way home from the garden store I found this for cheap at at a yard sale.

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    Needs a new bridge and probably strings.
    My wife says I have a problem. ....
    Last edited by maki66; 04-14-2018 at 12:50 PM.
    Playing my Magic Fluke and grinning like a fool!

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    Quote Originally Posted by maki66 View Post
    On my way home from the garden store I found this for cheap at at a yard sale.
    ...
    Needs a new bridge and probably strings.
    My wife says I have a problem. ....
    Congrats!

    That headstock logo kind of looks like the one for Epiphone.
    This ═╣FAQ link╠═ will help you learn about many things.
    You should click it, as the answers are waiting for you.

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